Because I listened to this book, I am uncertain whether some of these stories are long or whether some are interconnected stories. They convey more than a moment in the character's lifetime; you learn "how things turn out." They are all wonderful tales and sometimes left me quite breathless. Occasionally when I finished a story, I had to take a break from the intensity. While the characters are flawed, even mortally so, they were not unpleasant and were drawn with kindness.